Rayner Apologises for Tory Scum Rant

In a statement on Facebook this evening, Angela Rayner says following the death of Sir David Amess she has reflected on her infamous Tory scum rant and apologises, saying she will not use such inflammatory language in future:

“While I have been away from the cut and thrust of Parliament I have reflected on our political debate and the threats and abuse that now seem to feature all too often.

I have also reflected on what I said at an event at Labour Party conference. I was angry about where our country is headed and policies that have made life harder for so many people I represent. But I would like to unreservedly apologise for the language I used, and I would not use it again.

I will continue to speak my mind, stand up for Labour values and hold the government to account. But in the future I will be more careful about how I do that and in the language that I choose.”

Read Rayner’s full statement below:

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Speechwriter Concedes Starmer Went on “Absolutely” Too Long

Philip Collins, the man who drafted Sir Keir’s epic 90-minute address at Labour Conference last week, has admitted the speech “absolutely” went on too long – and even claimed the sections on policy (such that they were) were “a little bit baggy” and yes, “boring“. This is a speech he wrote only a week ago…

Speaking on Politico’s Westminster Insider Podcast, Collins said:

“It’s always the same bits […] the policy bits are very, very difficult to bring to life. If you don’t include them, everybody will write that you have nothing to say, that you’re empty […] those bits, if I’m critical, could have been tighter, could have been more compressed. I think they were a bit long, a little bit baggy.”

Which in view of criticisms of Boris that his conference speech was light on policy detail, suggests he made the right call. Collins, who was also Tony Blair’s wordsmith, goes on to say that while he thought Starmer handled the inevitable heckles well, the interruptions and subsequent applause (“people enjoyed it far too much!“) contributed to the running time, claiming Starmer “was getting standing ovations for things that were just basically boring lines that were meant to just take you to the next stage of the speech“. “It got ridiculous”, Collins said…

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Guido Talks: Labour Conference Special

Guido Talks is back with a few new faces to talk about the big story of the week: Labour Conference.

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Burgon Parodies Kinnock’s ‘Redundancy Notice’ Speech

The final dregs of Labour’s broadly disastrous (for the left) conference are still filtering through, with Guido discovering this fairly amusing clip of Richard Burgon parodying Neil Kinnock’s infamous 1985 Militant speech. The audience naturally lapped it up and for Burgon it was a decent performance. It does ring slightly hollow when, unlike Kinnock, Burgon and his merry band of deluded socialists are nowhere near the levers of Labour Party power. The punchline from Burgon did make Guido laugh…

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Keir Starmer: We’re Leaving Behind the Chanting of Slogans

During Sir Keir’s speech yesterday Guido counted at least 9 heckles from disgruntled party members. Today on LBC, Starmer addressed the issue of disunity in the Labour Party by telling Nick Ferrari:

“…the vast majority of the conference hall were with me and in fact they policed the hecklers. The line that I used, the one I think was probably the most powerful was saying ‘chanting slogans or changing lives’ and they’re the choices for the Labour Party. We changed this week to change lives and we’re leaving behind the chanting of slogans that get you no where.” 

Despite the swooning of the pundits and the commentariat this morning, a conference dominated by infighting sees the Tory lead remain at 8 points ahead in the latest YouGov poll

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Bakers Union are Low Wage Hypocrites

Yesterday the Bakers Union (BFAWU) slammed the Labour Party for stoking a “factional internal war” and disaffiliated from the movement after Keir told his latest resignee Andy McDonald to argue against a £15 minimum wage. Given this pious posturing one would expect all staff employed by BFAWU to be paid at least £15 per hour. Wrong! 

The Daily Mirror’s Rachel Wearmouth revealed that Fast Food Rights  in partnership with BFAWU advertised for a new Union organiser in April 2021 to be paid just £12 per hour. Shameful!

Even more recently Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise also in partnership with the BFAWU advertised for a new Union Organiser on Sept 1 2021 for just £12 per hour. According to the job ad, successful candidates will be required on some evenings and weekends too. The Bakers Union should picket itself until it pays £15 per hour…

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